The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is pleased to announce that James Connolly has been named the Department’s new Wildlife Division Director.

Connolly, who previously served for 11 years as a regional wildlife biologist with MDIFW, began his new duties on Tuesday, December 27. He had been serving as the acting Wildlife Division director since September.

“Nothing I learned over the past few months as the acting Wildlife Division director tempered my enthusiasm for the position,” Connolly said. “In fact, it only strengthened my belief that this was the right move for me at this point in my career.

“Our division is about managing our wildlife populations and habitat, meeting our public’s expectations and ensuring that Maine’s outdoor traditions continue to thrive.”

As the Wisheries Division Director, Connolly assumes the top administrative management position for the wildlife division within MDIFW’s Bureau of Resource Management.

Connolly’s tenure at MDIFW extends back to 1980. He has worked on various research projects in the field, overseen the Bureau of Resource Management’s data processing, and been responsible for central Maine’s wildlife  management program in central Maine.

A native of East Haven, Conn., Connolly now lives in Corinth. He graduated from the University of Maine with degrees in Wildlife Management and Forest Management.

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